P385: Revised first-year curriculum with an inorganic chemistry course: Ten years later

Author: Larry S. Miller, Westminster College, USA


Date: 8/4/14

Time: 6:00 PM7:15 PM

Room: KC

Related Symposium: S33

For over ten years, Westminster College has offered the first year sequence “Principles of Chemistry” and “Inorganic Chemistry” in place of the traditional two semesters of general chemistry. The first course focuses on the big ideas of chemistry: atomic structure, bonding, reactions, thermodynamics, kinetics, and equilibrium. The second course discusses the more “inorganic” topics of general chemistry such as solubility, solid state, transition metals, and descriptive chemistry by building on and applying the foundations of reaction energetics and dynamics from the first course. This poster presents the development of the Westminster College first-year curriculum since it was first reported in the Journal of Chemical Education in 2003. This poster also presents our success with this curriculum based on results from the ACS full-year general chemistry exam and discusses implications for other institutions looking at models to introduce a descriptive inorganic chemistry course earlier in the curriculum in accordance with CPT guidelines for ACS accredited programs.